Donald R. McClarey
Larry D, who blogs at Acts of the Apostasy, one of the most intentionally funny Catholic websites not named Eye of the Tiber, summarizes in Trek Speak his parting of the ways with Patheos, or, as he calls it, The Blorg. Go here to read all about it. When it comes to Patheos, Catholic bloggers need the spirit of Commander Eddington: Continue reading
Only one sitting governor in the history of the United States has been assassinated, which is remarkable over two hundred and forty years of history and the number of men who have served as governors. The very unlucky man was William Justus Goebel. A Democrat, Goebel had an abrasive personality. He was not a glad-hander, greeting only his closest friends. His features were described as reptilian. Nonetheless, his championship of populist economics as a Democrat gave him the political heft to win a State Senate seat in Kentucky.
In 1895 he had a shootout with a political opponent, former Confederate General John Lawrence Sanford. Goebel had referred to Sanford as Gonorrhea John in a newspaper article. Witnesses were not sure who fired first. Sanford’s bullet passed through Goebel’s coat and ripped his trousers. Goebel’s bullet hit Sanford’s head, Sanford dying five hours later. Placed on trial, Goebel claimed self-defense and was acquitted.
Goebel ran for Governor as a Democrat in 1899. He was opposed by Republican William Taylor and John Y. Brown, a former Democrat governor, who ran as the candidate of a faction of the Kentucky Democrats. Taylor won the election, beating Goebel by 2,383 votes. The Democrat controlled General Assembly invalidated enough votes to allow Goebel to win. Republicans were incensed and the state seemed to be heading for civil war. William Taylor was sworn in pending a judicial determination of who won.
On January 30, 1900 Goebel, while walking near the State Capitol in Frankfort, came under fire from persons unknown. Five or six shots were fired from the State Capitol with one seriously wounded in the chest. The next day Goebel was sworn in as governor, dying on February 3, 1900. The Kentucky Court of Appeals eventually ruled that the General Assembly had acted legally in having Goebel sworn in. Continue reading
If Pope Francis has any spare time to read, he could do worse than reading Father George Rutler’s article at Crisis on the Church in Germany and the attitude of German clerics to the Church in Africa:
The social consequences of German idealism were hymned in the refrain “Am deutschen Wesen soll die Welt genesen” (“The German spirit shall heal the world”) and it stained the twentieth century with its bitter irony. By 1912, eugenic theory banned interracial marriage in German colonies. When French occupation forces included African troops after World War I, mulatto progeny were called “Rhineland bastards” and in Mein Kampf, Hitler disdained them as a contamination of the white race plotted by Jews and “negrified” Frenchmen. In 1937, Hitler approved “the discrete sterilization of the Rhineland bastards” by a special Gestapo commission.
While one would not impute such crassness to contemporary intellectuals, mauled as they have been by history yet oblivious to their wounds, a remnant bias seems irrepressible. During last year’s Synod on the Family, Cardinal Walter Kasper expressed frustration with African bishops for opposing more conciliatory attitudes toward homosexuality that he called their “taboo” and said that Africans “should not tell us too much what we have to do.” Cardinal Kasper denied having said this, and managed an awkward apology when a recording of what he said was presented as evidence. The cardinal’s remarks echoed the poorly tutored John Shelby Spong of the Episcopal Church who said of Africans in 1998: “They’ve moved out of animism into a very superstitious kind of Christianity. They’ve yet to face the intellectual revolution of Copernicus and Einstein that we’ve had to face in the developing world: that is just not on their radar screen.”
Kasper’s condescension is not limited to Africa. Before Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the United Kingdom, Kasper said: “When you land at Heathrow Airport, you sometimes think you’d landed in a Third World country.” Like Kasper, Cardinal Marx seems uncomfortable with anything lacking the advantages of Teutonism, and said of his German Church on February 25, 2015: “We are not a subsidiary of Rome.” But his fellow countryman Cardinal Müller, of a more generous cultural spirit as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, responded that what Cardinal Marx expressed was “an absolutely anti-Catholic idea that does not respect the Catholicity of the Church.”
After the close of the Synod, the official website of the German bishop’s conference said that the exponential growth of the “romantic, poor Church” in Africa is due to the lamentable fact that “the educational situation there is on average at a rather low level and the people accept simple answers to difficult questions.” And lest anyone think that the “Dark Continent” is a phrase remaindered to the dustbin of history, the website added that in Africa “the growing number of priests is a result not only of missionary power but also a result of the fact that the priesthood is one of the few possibilities for social security on the dark continent.” If this reeks of “the white man’s burden,” let it be noted that Rudyard Kipling actually coined that phrase, not in reference to Africa but to the Philippines during the Spanish American War, and would have been appalled by the German “Uberlegenheitskomplex”—superiority complex.
That complex is redolent of the disdain shown toward the early Christians by Pliny the Younger, Lucian of Samosata, and Celsus who, like the writer for the German bishops, Bjorn Odendahl, regretted with imperious loftiness the rusticity, superstition, and poverty of the followers of the Christus. One does not know what Herr Odendahl is paid for writing such prodigious infelicity, but given the wealth of the German Church, he is not on an African pay scale. The German Church is the wealthiest per capita in the world, and the second biggest employer in their country. The German Catholic leaders, for all their claims to social progressivism, are in the pay of the government through tax subsidies, by which arrangement German priests are paid much more than their counterparts in the United States while their bishops are paid upwards of $189,000 a year plus benefits.
They hardly fit Saint Paul’s description of the prototypical Christians, albeit those in northern Corinth: “Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Cor. 1:26-27). And we may infer that among the Corinthian Christians there were not many Aquikantians. It certainly is an oblique glance at the German bishops who hosted opulent dinners in Rome during the last Synod in the villa newly bought by Cardinal Marx’s archdiocese of Munich and Freising for 9.7 million Euros, while African Catholics were being hounded by Islamic terrorists.
During their “ad limina” visit to the Holy See in 2015, the German bishops were told by Pope Francis that a severe consequence their “careerism” was spiritual indolence. According to a survey published in April, 2015 by the German bishops’ own Conference, only 54 percent of priests in Germany go to confession, and only a bare majority of them pray daily, while 60 percent of the German laity do not believe in life after death. The virtual collapse of Catholic life in Germany gives substance to the observation of Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum in Die Tagespost on May 7, 2015, as he critiqued the “superbia” of many German hierarchs: “The existing German ecclesial apparatus is completely unfit to work against growing secularism.” Meanwhile, the number of Christians in Africa has grown from about eight million in 1900 to over half a billion today. Continue reading
Ah, Groundhog day, that loopiest of all American observances, dating back to 1886 or 1887. While I am doubtful of the predictive powers of a woodchuck’s shadow, (Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, indicating an early spring according to Groundhog Day lore.) who couldn’t hold in high esteem a species that has bitten some nosey politicians on earlier Groundhog Days?
Over at National Catholic Register Mark Shea carries water for socialist pro-abort Bernie Sanders:
Sanders? The pro-abort? But, but! Cardinal Ratzinger said in 2004:
Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.
Yes. He certainly did. And he’s absolutely right. And if my reader were in any way indicating he supported Sanders because he supports abortion, he’d be in exactly the pickle Cardinal Ratzinger describes. But my reader is obviously not trying to support abortion. What he’s trying to do is support the other things Sanders advocates, many of which are obviously and immeasurably better than what Trump advocates. And in a contest with a GOP candidate such as Trump whose views on abortion are indistinguishable from Sanders, there is therefore a case to be made that my reader can do so without incurring any sin at all.
Sez who? Sez Cardinal Ratzinger in the same letter:
A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia. When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favour of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.
In other words, if you vote for somebody who advocates grave evil (abortion, euthanasia, torture, etc.) because of the grave evil they advocate, you are guilty of advocating the grave evil yourself and therefore are unworthy to present yourself for communion.
But! If you vote for somebody, not because you support their advocacy of grave evil, but because you are trying to prevent an even graver evil, or because you think there is some proportional good supporting them will achieve, you are not committing a sin and are only offering remote material cooperation with evil. Bottom line, the Church says that you can, under certain circumstances, vote for a pro-abort candidate. Meaning it is on the cards that, under certain circumstances, my reader might be able to vote for Bernie Sanders. That’s not me talking, remember. That’s the future Benedict XVI talking. Continue reading
Rorate Caeli has a story which underlines what is wrong today in the Church:
He is one of the few bishops present at Family Day, perhaps the only one. Without fear of exposing himself or of being criticized by the other bishops, alongside the families, saying no to the Cirinnà Bill on civil unions and with an appeal to the President of the Republic, [he says]: “I hope that the Bill will be examined by the Head of State, Sergio Mattarella and that he doesn’t sign the decree: it is in conflict with article 29 of the Constitution which states that the family is based on matrimony.”
Monsignor Giancarlo Maria Bregantini, Bishop of Campobasso-Bojano, set out at 5 o’clock yesterday morning with a group of faithful from his diocese to be part of a demonstration at Circo Massimo. As a shepherd does, not abandoning his sheep.
This is a civic and secular battle, a battle of basic dignity for three reasons: first of all, because the family is of perennial significance; second, because the snares regarding certain secular positions of some days ago are in the increase; and third, if we give in on the family, we are giving in also on the social level.”
Because freedom cannot exist without the truth, and the truth signifies that God created man and woman with the capacity to give life. If we give in on the freedom of the family, we give in on freedom [even] in business affairs. There will be more dismissals, more poverty and exploitation. This is the mystery in the end, everything is connected.
A wonderful piazza, peaceful and joyful. It is not the Piazza of the left or the right, it is not the piazza of bishops and lay people. It is the piazza of a lot of people who place the family at the center of society. And I also want to be here to say what the lay people have in their hearts.
It is an ambiguous government bill, terribly contaminated. Is everything now licit and the same? This is not good at all. It is to be completely rejected, it is wrong to put homosexual unions on the same footing as the family. Even more to be rejected is the idea of allowing the adoption of children by “the partner”.
I think so, because two million people gathered together in the same place; these are not virtual numbers like last Saturday’s (demonstration pro-Cirinnà) scattered here and there in the squares. Here it was all one; here you experience the presence of a united people. This is strength and Parliament cannot think it is the sole representative of a reality which it is not then capable of sharing in and representing.
I think so. Renzi cannot ignore the position of so many families. This time it isn’t possible to cheat. What’s difficult it to get all the Catholic institutional forces together – this yes. But the lay base, with no political affiliations, won a long, long battle. Here we have a popular gathering, like the Pope said in Florence – as in Don Camillo… here you feel the people, and share in their joys and feel their tears.
Nobody came here in someone else’s name; we had the free choice to come or not and I decided to be here. I came because I felt the need to be beside my people along with the many other people who believe in the family. Certainly, it would have been wonderful to see other bishops in this piazza.
At least those who bothered to show up at the byzantine Caucuses. On the GOP side Cruz wins with 28%, with Trump at 24% and Rubio a surprisingly close third at 23%. In fourth is Carson at 9%. The also rans are Rand Paul at 5%, Jeb Bush at 3%, Fiorina at 2%, Kasich at 2%, Christie at 2% and Santorum at 1%. For now the GOP race is a three man race and probably will remain so unless someone outside the triumvirate wins in New Hampshire. Minor candidates will begin to drop out, and Huckabee has already announced the suspension of his campaign.
On the Democrat side Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are effectively tied. Normally this would be terrible news for a front runner, but Clinton can console herself that a low budget insurgent candidate like Sanders needs an early win. If Clinton can eke out a victory here and do so again in New Hampshire, expect Sanders to quickly become a footnote in the Democrat campaign, unless some bigger names drop in. If Sanders beats Clinton in New Hampshire, she is wounded and will face a long, hard fight for the nomination, with the prospect of other candidates emerging down the road in the later primaries.
American artist Howard Pyle did a series of paintings on the American Revolution in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Pyle had a striking style, combining both romanticism and realism in his paintings. My favorite of the series is the above painting that depicts an American line of infantry advancing at the battle of Brandywine. Led by their officer, the common soldiers are dressed in rags, but clearly determined and ready to fight. A ragged American flag gives a splash of color as it towers over the men below it. The light of the sun seems to be breaking through a cloudy sky. The painting is brilliantly entitled The Nation Makers, reminding us that this nation came into being largely through the courage of private soldiers. Most of them, if they survived and did not die of illness or in battle, would end the War poorer financially then they began it, being paid in worthless currency. They fought their War usually wearing the ragged remnants of uniforms, often barefoot and living off wretched rations. Many of them were teenagers, no doubt homesick and frequently worried that no one outside of their fellow soldiers really cared about the sacrifices they were making for the nation they were desperately attempting to bring about. If they were lucky they left the Army without their health being broken by wounds, illness, or the endless privations they endured daily through the long years of the War. Continue reading
The signs are not looking good that Pope Francis will uphold traditional teaching forbidding Catholics in adulterous marriages from receiving communion. Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register brings us the bad news:
The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family has confirmed that Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation devoted to the family will be published by the end of March.
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia reportedly disclosed the news today at a conference with priests in Portugal, according to Il Sismografo, a semi-official Vatican news aggregator supervised by the Secretariat of State.
The Italian archbishop said the much-anticipated document, which summarizes the Pope’s conclusions of the two synods dedicated to the family, will be “a hymn to love, a love that wants to take care of the welfare of the young, to be close to wounded families to give them strength, a love that wants to be close to children as well as to all mankind in need. “
Well informed sources have told the Register that the document, which observers believe will probably be released on March 19 — the feast of St. Joseph and the 3rd anniversary of the Pope’s inauguration Mass — is in its third draft. They also say that the chief drafter is Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández, rector of the the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires and one of Pope Francis’ closest advisers.
One reliably informed source, a recognized moral theologian who has seen the draft, said he was “deeply disturbed” by the text as it “calls into question the natural moral law”. A senior Vatican official said he had heard the draft was good, but that was “some time ago”. He said he expects it to be similar to the Ordinary Synod’s final report, almost all of which the synod fathers passed unanimously.
Many are looking to the post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the family to give clarification on where the Pope stands on the issue of Communion for remarried divorcees, and what it will say about other crucial moral and theological issues.
Earlier this week, Vatican analyst Andrea Gagliarducci reported that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has studied the draft and sent a long note with several doctrinal remarks, rumored to be 40 pages in length.
A senior Vatican source told the Register last week that the CDF has offered “all kinds of observations” on other documents as well during this pontificate, “but none of them are ever taken.” The dicastery, like much of the Roman Curia, is largely left out of such processes and is considered to be “isolated”, according to sources. Continue reading
Chaplain: I think it’s up to each one of us to interpret what God wants.
Dying Doctor: So people can do anything? They can rape, they can murder, they can steal, all in the name of God, and it’s ok?
Chaplain: That’s not what I’m saying.
Dying Doctor: What are you saying? Because all I’m hearing is some New Age, God is love, one-size-fits-all crap! I don’t have time for this now!
Chaplain: I understand.
Dying Doctor: No, you don’t understand! You don’t understand! How could you possibly say that? No, you listen to me. I want a real chaplain who believes in a real God and a real hell.
ER: Atonement-Season 14, Episode 13
David Griffey at Daffey Thoughts brings us the above video which powerfully explains why cheap grace saves absolutely no one. God is all Just and all Merciful and when we forget either of those attributes we are lost indeed.
Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear looks at papal interaction with a “bear”:
According to this report from Eye of the Tiber, Pope Francis granted a private audience with the celebrity Bear from the motion picture, “The Revenant.” Many have written to the Bear asking for a statement.
First of all, this so-called “Bear” is fake. That’s right. According to Variety, the bear is CGI.
The Bear wishes to make it perfectly clear that he is not bothered by some fake bear being a celebrity, while the Bear labors in obscurity. At least he knows he’s the real thing. Does Pope Emeritus Benedict’s coat of arms have some anonymous, fake, CGI bear on them? No. They unmistakably have St. Corbinian’s Bear, complete with pack. So, now who’s famous, Mr. Fake CGI imaginary bear?
So what to make of the Pope’s pitiful propaganda effort to convince the world that he is on good terms with Bears? Clearly, the Bear has gotten under his skin. He knows the growing popularity of the Bear is a threat to his Jesuitical plots. So His Holiness is trying to neutralize the Bear.
Here is the truth. The only Bears that are behind the Pope are South American Spectacled Bears, and Polar Bears, who are working the global warming scam for all its worth by swimming out to tiny ice features and hoping somebody takes their picture.
My friends, long after this so-called “bear” has been buried in the graveyard of forgotten CGI animals, like that tiger from Life of Pi, or the 50 rampaging mammoths from 10,000 B.C., the Bear will still be writing his ephemeris, growing his audience, scrutinizing the Vatican like Bernardo Gui on methylphenidate. If a freelance Bear inquisitor high on speed doesn’t scare you, nothing will.
There’s only one place to find the real Bear. It’s right here, friends. Thank you for your continued support. Continue reading
From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:
In a stunning turn of events, the imperial grand jury declined to indict officials from the Empire, and instead handed felony charges against Grand Master of the New Jedi Order Luke Skywalker and fellow Rebel Alliance activist Han Solo. Skywalker was also charged with a misdemeanor count related to having the hots for his sister, which members of his own legal team even admitted was “totally weird and deserved.”
The case sprang from a number of undercover videos in which members of the Rebel Alliance posed as Stormtroopers and captured several Empire employees appearing to discuss profiting off of the Jedi purge. However, when the videos were released online last year, the Galactic Empire claimed rebels had edited the videos to “created a misperception.”
Galactic Empire officials hailed the indictment as vindication of the dark side, saying, “As the Tatooine dust settles and the truth comes out, it’s become totally clear that the only people who engaged in wrongdoing are those that used the Force to produce this fraud, and we’re glad they’re being held accountable.”
At press time, seriously, why is that whole Luke being in love with his sister thing even in the movie? You’re telling me that no one, not one single person working on set said anything to George Lucas? Something like, “dude, what the heck is up with that?” Continue reading
Something for the weekend. Finlandia Hymn. My Bride and I are off to Winter War 43, a war gaming and rpg convention that I have been attending since 1976. Go here to read about it. We usually pick up some new games from the vendors and more at the game auction. Twenty-four years ago we brought our four month old twin baby boys through a blizzard to their first war game convention. Ah, time is a river and the current runs fast.
For the more venturesome, or crazed, among you, here is a link to Open General, a free computer game that has dozens of campaigns and hundreds of scenarios set in various time periods in which you command various military units to achieve the victory conditions of the scenario you are playing. If you choose to download it, follow the installation instructions carefully. Happy gaming!
The publication of the macabre poem The Raven gave Edgar Allan Poe the literary fame he had sought all his life, although the meager financial reward of $9.00 typified his life long failure to earn a living as a writer. Two years later his wife died at 24, replicating in Poe’s life the role of Lenore in his poem. Poe himself would die in mysterious circumstances two years later at age 40, his sad and frequently bizarre life worthy of the pen of Poe.
David Griffey at Daffey Thoughts caught an interesting statement made to the Pope:
So Mr. DiCaprio, who even caused the liberal PM of Canada, Justin Trudeau, to tell him to tone it down, received a warm welcome from Pope Francis. Now popes greet people. That’s no problem. And I don’t expect Pope Francis to kick Leo in the shin and knock him down over points where they might disagree.
But I found this little snippet interesting, especially in light of Pope Francis’s rather open embrace of the modern MMGW movement:
“As a child I didn’t quite understand what it all meant, but through my child’s eyes it represented a planet, the utopia we had been given, the overpopulation, excesses, and the third panel we see a blackened sky that represents so much to me of what’s going in the environment.” (emphasis mine)
See that? Overpopulation. This has been a pet of the new liberalism for some generations. There are just too damn many [other] people in the world. Now, with MMGW, there is a new reason to whittle down those pesky numbers. Of course the question remains how do we eliminate the numbers? How do we check population growth so it doesn’t do something like bring a civilization and its culture to its knees?
Pope Francis has clearly not accepted that part of the MMGW furor. But in a way that seems to be the modern Catholic approach, he accepts almost every other aspect of it. That seems to be the way the Church is going now. Accept almost every idea and every premise of the new Leftist and secular world view…except where dogma or doctrine can’t be changed. Continue reading
The freedom of press provision of the Texas Constitution is worded in an interesting manner:
Sec. 8. FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND PRESS; LIBEL. Every person shall be at liberty to speak, write or publish his opinions on any subject, being responsible for the abuse of that privilege; and no law shall ever be passed curtailing the liberty of speech or of the press. In prosecutions for the publication of papers, investigating the conduct of officers, or men in public capacity, or when the matter published is proper for public information, the truth thereof may be given in evidence.
The last sentence would seem to open the door to discovery against Planned Parenthood, by the makers of the videos showing that Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of their murder victims, in order to confirm the truth of the videos, obviously relevant to the charges, may give us an opportunity to breach the wall of secrecy that has always been the first line of defense of Planned Parenthood.